Model Karlie Kloss Accused Of Participating In A Racist "Yellowface" Shoot For 'Vogue'

When will Vogue finally get the hint that stylized racism isn't actually cool?

By Eric Shorey

You'd think artists and editors would have learned from all the controversy surrounding Ghost In The Shell, but unfortunately it's looking like racism never goes out of fashion! Vogue's forthcoming March issue may have hired more diverse models (both racially and in terms of body size and shape), but they just couldn't help themselves and had to go ahead and feature this laughably stereotypical photoshoot featuring model Karlie Kloss dressed as an offensive Asian caricature photographed by Mikael Jansson and styled by Phyllis Posnick:

Like, seriously?

“It strikes me as an example of ‘Asian face’ or ‘Yellow Face,’ a problematic practice long existent in the history of racism in the U.S., where white men and women alter their facial features to ‘pass’ as ‘Orientals,’” said Mire Koikari, a professor of women’s studies and affiliate of the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of Hawaii to The Huffington Post. “The images also recirculate the overly sexualized understandings of ‘Asian women.'"

Following public outcry against the images, Kloss has taken to Twitter to issue an apology for what many are finding totally offensive:

ONTD notes that since the images began circulating, Karlie's Snapchat has been hacked, leading to the deletion of many of her social media accounts, including her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Will the public accept her apology? What took her so long to realize what was going wrong? And when will Vogue finally get the hint that stylized racism isn't actually cool?

[Photo: Getty Images]

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